Blake Griffin Avoided Steve Ballmer’s Handshake Before Pistons-Clippers In Los Angeles

Griffin has 44 points in return against Clippers

It's pretty clear that there are still some hard feelings from Blake Griffin toward the Los Angeles Clippers.

The Clippers hosted the Pistons on Saturday for the first time since they acquired Blake Griffin past year, and the drama began even before tip-off.

"There was a lot of hype coming into this game and I was looking forward to it, but I'm glad that it's over", Griffin said.

Griffin was greeted with cheers during pregame introductions and received a standing ovation after a first-quarter video tribute.

Griffin is the most prolific Clippers player in the history of the franchise and was traded to Detroit, which came as a surprise to fans, near the NBA Trade Deadline last season. Harris finished with 11 points, 10 below his scoring average, and 10 rebounds.

During pregame warmups, as Griffin walked off the floor, Clippers owner Steve Ballmer stepped toward him along the sideline and extended his hand.

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After the game, Griffin scolded a reporter for mentioning the snub on social media, saying he was just conducting his pre-game routine.

Asked if he would have shaken hands with Ballmer, Griffin said, "I'm not here to answer hypothetical questions".

Andre Drummond had 20 points and 21 rebounds and Reggie Bullock finished with 17 for the Pistons, who have lost 9 of their last 12.

"We're really happy to get the win for Blake", Bullock said.

The Pistons held onto their double-digit lead heading into the fourth quarter, only to see LA's bench come alive down the stretch, led by their one-two punch of Lou Williams and Montrezl Harrell.

Danilo Gallinari scored a team-high 23 points for the Clippers.

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